2013 New York Leaders Participants

The second class of Foreign Policy Initiative New York Leaders consisted of thirty-four young professionals with diverse backgrounds in government, the private sector, media, academia, non-profits and the U.S. military have been selected to participate in a series of dinner discussions and private receptions.

The FPI New York Leaders Program was developed to create an opportunity for young professionals in New York and surrounding states to engage in thoughtful and educational conversations on foreign policy and connect with notable thinkers and practitioners in international affairs. The program provides an atmosphere for these emerging leaders to share their own insights with each other, as well as career and travel experiences.


2013 Class of New York Leaders:

Rosalind Adams, Xinhua News Agency
Stefanie Appenzeller, United Nations
Richard Bennet, King’s College London
Clara Beyler, Osen LLC
Nathan Carleton, United Against Nuclear Iran
Matthew Cavanaugh, U.S. Army
Sean Danowski, Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania
David Feith, The Wall Street Journal
Danny Feuer, Columbia Business School
Jennifer Fishkin, Citigroup
Joelle Fiss, Human Rights First
Saeed Ghasseminejad, Baruch College of New York
Zachary Goldman, Center on Law and Security, NYU School of Law
Dominic Kalms, Columbia University
Andrew Klaber, Paulson & Co.
Sara Koch, Starr Companies
Ben Leffell, Barclays Capital
Christine Leonard, Foreign Affairs Magazine, Council on Foreign Relations
Jeffrey Marlough, Mitsui & Co., Inc.
Jonathan Melton, Morgan Stanley
Steven Menashi, Kirkland & Ellis
Peter Milligan, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Hank Moon, Yale Law School
Elad Morad, Israeli Ministry of Defense
Ryan Morfin, Maroon Capital Group
Hilary Polak, Israel Policy Forum
Stephen Rodriguez, Coldon Strategic Advisors
Robert Samuel, The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News Channel
Alexandra Schwartz, Latham & Watkins
Matthew Siegel, Indaba Media, LLC
Daniel Simon, Yale Law School and Yale School of Management
Andrew Sugrue, Peter J. Solomon Company
Miriam Warren, DCI Group
Joel Winton, Paul Singer Family Office


Roaslind Adams, Xinhua News Agency

Rosalind Adams is a special correspondent for the U.N. Bureau of Xinhua News Agency, where she contributes daily wire stories and interview features with senior U.N. officials. Most recently, she interviewed the UN Refugee Agency coordinator for the D.R. Congo about the humanitarian situation after the M23’s invasion of Goma. Previously she covered stories related to development issues for MediaGlobal News Agency, also based in the U.N. She is passionate about the human right angle of security issues, informed by spending many hours covering Security Council meetings, the annual General Assembly debate and U.N. conferences. In the past, she has worked as a legislative researcher and ran a women’s leadership program for a non-profit. Rosalind holds an undergraduate degree from UCLA, but is proud of being raised in New York City. She is also a competitive marathon runner.

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Stefanie Appenzeller, United Nations

Stefanie is a German national and currently works as Special Assistant to the Executive Officer of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) /Department of Field Support (DFS) Executive Office United Nations Headquarters. The Executive Office provides strategic and operational support to the leadership of DPKO and DFS in carrying out financial, personnel and general administrative responsibilities for both departments. She provides the Executive Officer with advice with regard to conditions of service, duties and responsibilities, and privileges under the Staff Rules and Regulations.

Stefanie previously worked as Governance and Public Administration Officer for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Her main responsibility was to ensure an effective and coordinated response to building capacities of government institutions by conducting strategic analyses to direct the activities of UN agencies and donors on areas of
priority needs. Before joining UNAMA, she worked as Legal Officer for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). She was in charge of the draft and the review of policy statements, administrative and organizational strategies linked to the political dynamics within the mission area.

Stefanie graduated from Law School in Paris, France (Sorbonne), and received her second Masters in Diplomatic Affairs from the University of Auvergne.

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Richard Bennet, Kings College, London

Richard Bennet is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. His research looks at indirect military power, examining the effectiveness of contemporary U.S. security force assistance missions. He has been a Senior Research Specialist at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy, where he worked for Innovations for Successful Societies, a research group that documents governance reforms in fragile states. His fieldwork has included research trips to Somalia, Brazil, Indonesia, Egypt, South Africa, Georgia, Kosovo, Nigeria, Colombia, Kenya, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the southern Philippines. He has also worked in national security studies for the Council on Foreign Relations, and his writing has appeared in Foreign Policy, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Times, The Weekly Standard, The Huffington Post, and International Affairs, among others. He is a graduate of Yale University and holds an M.A. (Distinction) in War Studies from King’s College London.

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Clara Beyler, Osen LLC

Clara Beyler is the research director at Osen LLC, a boutique law firm in New York specializing in counter-terrorism financing and financial crime litigation. Her law firm represents American victims of terrorism; some of the cases she works on include Linde v. Arab Bank, Weiss v. National Westminster Bank, Strauss v. Credit Lyonnais and Julin v. Chiquita Brands. Originally from Paris, France, Ms. Beyler graduated summa cum laude with a M.A. in Military and Diplomatic History from Tel Aviv University. For the past decade, Ms. Beyler has conducted research on terrorism, focusing on female suicide bombers, radical Islam, and the financing of terrorism.

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Nathan Carleton, United Against Nuclear Iran

Nathan Carleton serves as Communications Director for United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), a bipartisan advocacy group that has pressured dozens of companies to end their business in Iran. Nathan regularly appears on television on behalf of UANI, and directs the group’s media campaigns. Nathan served in the Bush White House from 2005-2008, first as a Press Assistant, and later as Associate Communications Director. In 2007, Nathan was detailed to the National Security Council, where he was part of the White House team that coordinated Iraq messaging with the U.S. Military and U.S. State Department throughout the “surge” operation. Nathan also accompanied President Bush on numerous international trips, and served as Press Secretary Tony Snow’s news researcher. Nathan’s main foreign policy interests are Iran, Iraq, and Sub-Saharan Africa. He spent 2009 in Keetmanshoop, Namibia, teaching English and Math at a high school as a member of the Harvard-affiliated WorldTeach organization. Nathan grew up in Munroe Falls, Ohio, and graduated from Duke University. He lives in New York City with his wife Ayoola and their son Tai.

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Matthew Cavanaugh, U.S. Army

Major Matt Cavanaugh is a native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and a 2002 graduate of the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, NY.  Commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery, he served with Third Armored Cavalry Regiment in Operation Iraqi Freedom I and III.  After an assignment at U.S. Strategic Command, Major Cavanaugh joined the FA59 Army Strategist community, enabling him to serve subsequently on the Army Staff at the Pentagon.

Major Cavanaugh currently serves as the Course Director of DS470: Military Strategy in the Defense & Strategic Studies Department at USMA.  He recently completed a Master’s in Strategic Studies at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and is working on his dissertation with the University of Reading (UK).

 

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Sean Danowski, University of Pennsylvania

Sean Danowski is currently a first year student in the Wharton MBA program at the University of Pennsylvania, with plans to major in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management.  Prior to business school, Sean spent twelve years as a US Navy FA-18 pilot, where he deployed on the USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Harry Truman in support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Between squadron tours, he was an instructor at TOPGUN, the Navy’s Strike Fighter Weapons School.  There he served as the Navy’s subject matter expert on threat air forces, in which role he was responsible for assessing foreign air force tactical and operational capabilities.  Sean holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan, and is currently an actively drilling officer in the US Fleet Forces Navy reserve component.  He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and three young children.

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David Feith, The Wall Street Journal

David Feith is an assistant editorial features editor at The Wall Street Journal in New York, where he edits op-eds and writes mainly about U.S. foreign policy, human rights and education. He was twice a Robert L. Bartley Fellow at The Wall Street Journal and later an assistant editor at Foreign Affairs magazine, published by the Council on Foreign Relations. He published Teaching America: The Case for Civic Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011) and serves as chairman of the Civic Education Initiative, which he founded while in college. David graduated with a B.A. in history from Columbia University in 2009.

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Danny Feuer, Columbia Business School

Danny Feuer grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and attended Brandeis University. There, he majored in International and Global Studies as well as Economics and had the opportunity to take graduate-level courses at the school’s International Business School.  After college, he worked at SOL Capital Management Company, a $1.5 billion investment management firm in Rockville, Maryland for four years.  As an Investment Analyst, he managed over 100 globally diversified accounts cumulatively worth over $100 million and researched domestic and foreign investment opportunities.  He is now a first year MBA student at Columbia Business School, and is pursuing a career in management consulting.  Danny has a deep interest in foreign policy.  While living in Washington, DC, he was able to attend a number of foreign policy seminars and events, primarily those held by FPI and AIPAC.  Danny is a CFA Charterholder.

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Jennifer Fishkin, Citigroup

Jennifer Fishkin is a Senior Project Analyst at Citigroup in the Global Anti-Money Laundering Project Management Group, where she works to coordinate bank efforts to ensure compliance in key areas related to money laundering.  Prior to Citigroup, Jennifer worked as a Summer Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Investment Banking Financial Institutions Group, as a Research Associate in the Aspen Institute's Middle East Program division working on public-private partnerships, and as an intern in the US Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.  In May 2012, Jennifer graduated with an M.A. in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, specializing in conflict management as well as global theory and history.  She has a B.S. from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations with minors in Middle East Studies and International Relations.  Her main interests in foreign policy are regionally focused on the Middle East and South Asia as well as functionally on conflict prevention, radicalization, and the relationship between religion, politics, and toleration in democracies.  She has published two pieces entitled The Egyptian Uprising: A Case Study in Intifadaat and the Difficulty of Making Change Stick and Tunisia: the Role of Secularism.  She is researching international power structures and the capacity to prevent conflict.  Jennifer is a native New Yorker.

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Joelle Fiss, Human Rights First

Joelle Fiss is Swiss and British, and has been living in New York since 2009. Currently Senior Associate at the U.S. based organisation Human Rights First, she is working on issues linked to freedom of expression worldwide- in particular human rights violations caused by blasphemy laws in Arab Spring countries.  In 2012, she self-published her first book entitled Tiptoeing on Minefields: How to Improve the Flow of Ideas Between Israel and the Diaspora Without It Necessarily Exploding in Your Face. For more info on it, you can click here! Prior to moving to New York City, Joelle worked in the European Parliament for six years (three years as press officer of the Foreign Affairs committee, conveying the EU Parliament’s positions to the media, and then three years as a policy advisor to the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe working on human rights, counter-terrorism and immigration issues).

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Saeed Ghasseminejad, Iranian Center for Liberalism Studies

Born and raised in a middle class family in Iran, Saeed Ghasseminejad is cofounder of the Iranian Liberal students and Graduates (ILSG) and the Director of the Iranian Center for liberalism studies (ICLS). ILSG and ICLS promote and advocate market economy, liberal democracy and individual rights. Saeed is a frequent contributor to various TV, radio shows and journals including Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, BBC, Jerusalem Post, RFI, France 24, Radio Deutsche Welle. Promoting the idea that Iran’s foreign policy should be based on Iran’s national interests, he has defended the strategic alliance between Iran and the West, advocated for an end to the Islamic republic’s military nuclear program, and to make economic development the first priority of Iran’s foreign policy.

He got his degree in civil engineering from university of Tehran and worked as a design engineer and project manager in Iran. He left Iran in 2008 and received his Master degrees in engineering and finance from ESTP Paris and Baruch College of New York, and worked in financial and nonprofit sector. He is now a PhD student in finance at Baruch College. A financial consultant and researcher, especially interested in banking regulations and political connections in markets, he is an expert on the topic of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ role in Iran’s economy and Tehran stock exchange market.

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Zachary Goldman, Center on Law and Security, New York University School of Law

Zachary K. Goldman is the executive director of the Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law.  He previously served as a policy advisor in the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes as a subject matter expert on the Arabian Peninsula and Iran.  He has also served as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as an associate in the litigation department of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.  He has published on the origins of the American alliance with Israel, the Persian Gulf, and on other topics related to the Middle East.

 

 

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Dominic Kalms, The Jamestown Foundation

Dominic Kalms holds a Bachelor’s degree, with honors, from New York University (NYU) in political science, with a double minor in Law and Jewish History, and a Master’s Degree from Columbia University in International Affairs, specializing in human rights and security.  He was born in Hong Kong, raised in London (England) and California, and educated in New York. He has also completed coursework in Italy, Israel, the Czech Republic, and at Cambridge University in England.

 Previously, Dominic worked as a Political Aid at the U.N. Mission of Afghanistan where he represented Afghanistan at the Special Political and Decolonization Committee and analyzed U.S. military reports on Afghanistan’s insurgency. He also worked as an Emerging Markets Analyst at HSBC during his senior year at graduate school where he focused on economic and financial analysis of BRIC markets.

Presently, Dominic is a contributing Writer on Militant Leadership and Terrorism at the Jamestown Foundation, and is conducting research at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Political Military Analysis where he focuses on national security, U.S. foreign policy, and the Middle East and East Asia.

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Andrew Klaber, Paulson and Co.

Andrew Klaber is an investor at Paulson & Company, a multi-strategy hedge fund in New York.  Klaber is also the president and founder of Orphans Against AIDS (www.orphansagainstaids.org), an international non-profit organization that annually provides more than 600 children who have been orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda with academic support, basic health care, and nutrition. 

Andrew graduated summa cum laude from Yale College, earned Masters of Science degrees in Financial Economics and Economic History as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, and holds a JD/MBA from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, where he graduated with Distinction.  In college he rowed on the national champion Yale lightweight crew and was elected Yale Phi Beta Kappa president.  Klaber has been named a Truman Scholar, a Udall Scholar, a First-Team USA-Today Academic All-American, and a Goldman Sachs Global Leader.  He currently serves as a Fellow at Trumbull College, Yale University and a member of the Senior Common Room at Lowell House, Harvard University.  His co-authored book, Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World, was published in 2012.

Andrew has run in the Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, New York, Paris, and Valencia marathons, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and pedaled 4,200-miles (New Haven, CT to San Francisco, CA) to raise awareness and financial support for Habitat for Humanity.  He serves or has served on the boards of several organizations, including the Yale Alumni Fund, Harvard Law School Overseers’ Committee, Echoing Green Social Investment Council, Association of Marshall Scholars, Juilliard Club, Magdalen Society, Truman Scholars Association, Learning Matters, Bowery Mission Young Philanthropists, and United Jewish Appeal Young Wall Street. He is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the New York State Bar.

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Sara Koch, Starr Companies

Sara Koch is currently an Underwriter with Starr Companies, a global insurance and financial investment company located in New York City. In her current capacity within Starr’s Energy Division, Ms. Koch evaluates and manages risks for large oil and gas companies. Prior to joining Starr Companies, Ms. Koch held the position of Program Manager at CDC Development Solutions, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, where she spent four years developing and implementing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs for corporations in emerging and frontier markets, namely in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Previously, Ms. Koch served as the Political Attaché for the Embassy of Portugal during Portugal’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Ms. Koch is a native of Portugal, having been born, raised, and initially educated in the city of Porto. Ms. Koch holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from Minho University in Portugal, and a Master of Arts in International Affairs & Economic Development from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is fluent in Portuguese and competent in French, Spanish, and Russian. In addition to studying and working abroad, Ms. Koch is an avid international traveler. Her favorite places to visit include Russia and South Asia.

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Ben Leffell, Barclays

Ben Leffell currently works at Barclays Capital in the Distressed credit group. He works with American and European institutional investor to maximize their returns on portfolios of troubled and distressed corporate debt investments.

Following his sophomore year of college Ben travelled independently through Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. During this independent travel Ben developed an interactive appreciation of the impact of US policies and world events.  He also worked as a staff writer for The Media Line in Jerusalem, a boutique news agency established to enhance and balance media coverage in the Middle East where he worked to establish connections with contacts in Iran and Libya. Ben was graduated from Muhlenberg College with a B.A. in Religion Studies and History. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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Christine Leonard, Foreign Affairs Magazine, Council on Foreign Relations

Christine Leonard joined the Foreign Affairs business team in February 2011 where her portfolio includes everything from online subscriber acquisition and academic outreach to social media strategy and e-reader management.  One of her biggest interests is the role of Big Data in business and foreign policy.

She got her start in publishing at a French magazine in New York. A self-proclaimed Francophile, she moved to France for a year after college to teach English in several struggling schools on the outskirts of Paris. She holds a BA in International Relations and French from Mount Holyoke College and an MA in French Studies from New York University.

 

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Jeffrey Marlough, Mitsui & Co.

Jeffrey Marlough is Director, Investments at Mitsui & Co., a Fortune Global 500 company.  He focuses on corporate development and investment management across multiple industries including healthcare, chemicals and heavy industry.  Jeff’s business activities include international mergers and acquisitions as well as serving on the Boards of Certis USA, Intercontinental Terminals, MED3000, Mitsui Rail Capital and Road Machinery.  Previously, he was an investment banker with the firms Brown Gibbons Lang & Co. and UBS Investment Bank.  He actively attends foreign policy events and has been a member of the host committee for The Aspen Institute Socrates Program in New York City for the past two years.   Jeff has a MBA from Case Western Reserve University and attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where he successfully defended his master’s thesis “The U.S. Must Seek a Comprehensive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement to Maximize the Benefits of Trade Liberalization.”

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Jonathan Melton, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Jonathan Melton leads Morgan Stanley Wealth Management's Foreign Currency trading desk in Purchase, NY focusing on Morgan Stanley's high net worth clients. Currently a Vice President, he has also worked in London. His foreign policy interests include intelligence, maintaining a strong and effective military, the foreign policy implications of cultural change in Europe, and multinational organizations. Jonathan grew up in San Diego, California before attending Williams College where he played football and baseball and graduated with a double major in Chemistry and Economics in 2005.  He currently resides in Stamford, CT, with his wife and four children and attends the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist. 

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Steven Menashi, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Steven Menashi is a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He previously served as a law clerk to Justice Samuel Alito of the Supreme Court of the United States and to Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  He was also an Olin/Searle Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center, associate editor of Policy Review, and an editorial writer for The New York Sun. He has published articles in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Notre Dame Law Review, Commentary, The Weekly Standard, and other publications.  He attended Stanford Law School, where he served as senior articles editor of the Stanford Law Review and managing editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review and won the Kirkwood Moot Court Competition, the Carl Mason Franklin Award in International Law, and the Steven M. Block Civil Liberties Award.  He was also a David and Lucille Packard Fellow at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.

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Peter Milligan, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Peter is an associate in the Private Equity Mergers & Acquisitions group of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.  Before practicing law, Peter worked for Catterton Partners, the Greenwich, CT private equity fund, the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President, and Dr. Andrew Murrison, MP in the United Kingdom House of Commons.  Peter received a J.D. from Cornell Law School, an M.B.A. from the Johnson Graduate School of Management, a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in History from the University of Virginia, and was a Hansard Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 

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Hank Moon, Yale Law School

Hank Moon is a Distinguished Graduate of the US Air Force Academy, graduating second in his class with Academic, Military and Athletic distinction. After earning his commission, Hank was selected as a Public Service Fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he graduated with his Master in Public Policy focusing on International Security in 2006. As a Logistics Readiness Officer, he served as a Flight Commander at Grand Forks AFB before volunteering for a year-long deployment as an embedded trainer to the Iraqi Army in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, where he earned the Bronze Star. Hank spent his final 2 years in the Air Force at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, NATO’s military headquarters in Belgium. During his time at SHAPE, Hank was directly involved with Operations AFGHAN ASSIST and UNIFIED PROTECTOR in Afghanistan and Libya, respectively. Additionally, he deployed to Islamabad, Pakistan as a NATO logistics expert after the 2010 floods.  Hank separated from the Air Force on October 1st, 2011 and is currently a second-year student at Yale Law School, where his interests focus on national security law, criminal law, and foreign policy. 

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Elad Morad, Israeli Ministry of Defense

Elad was born and raised in Israel. After serving as a commander in the elite Israeli Special Forces, he worked for the Jewish agency in Canada and then began his BA degree at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. During his studies, Elad worked for Intel Electronics and was also chosen twice to present projects to former President Clinton as part of the Clinton Global Initiative University. Elad joined both official and unofficial delegations to the UN and various conflict resolution initiatives worldwide. He earned his MSc in Economics and International Development with a full scholarship from Bologna University in collaboration with Johns Hopkins , Italy, where he was part of a conflict resolution program along with Palestinian and Lebanese students. Elad's research was focused on the economic interests of the Middle East conflict. Before arriving to New York last year, Elad spent several months lecturing about the Mideast conflict in universities all over the U.S.

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Ryan Morfin, Maroon Capitol Group

Ryan is a founding partner at Maroon Capital Group, a New York-based Investment Bank,  which focuses on five sectors: defense, healthcare, energy, real estate/infrastructure and technology.  The firm covers clients in developed, growth and frontier markets.

Prior to MCG, Ryan worked at Countrywide Merchant Banking to establish and scale the firm’s expansion into private equity. Ryan worked with capital from the firm’s institutional clientele and wrote the business plan for the firm’s fund management business as well as sourced, evaluated and underwrote investment opportunities across the capital structure.

Ryan began his career at Morgan Stanley as an Analyst in the CMBS/CRE CDO group. After 2 years he was promoted to an Associate in the Merchant Banking group. During his tenure in private equity, Ryan made principal investments for the various MSRE fund vehicles and on behalf of institutional clients.

Ryan attended the University of Chicago and has a BA in Physics and Economics.  He founded the Friends of Montenegro; serves as Treasurer of the Southern-Muriqui-Brazilian-Rainforest-Project, a research non-profit; Advisory Board Member of ChaseFuture, an education company based in Shanghai; and has served on numerous political finance committees such as a national co-chairman for a major donor program at the RNC.

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Hilary Polak, Israel Policy Forum

Hilary Polak is currently the Program and Communications Associate at the Israel Policy Forum (IPF), an organization dedicated to advancing a diplomatic resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. She recently relocated to New York City after spending a year in Washington, DC pursuing various opportunities within the foreign policy and national security community. Prior to joining IPF, Ms. Polak served as executive assistant to Dr. Kimberly Kagan at the Institute for the Study of War and taught Hebrew language courses at the Middle East Institute. She was also a foreign policy intern at the office of Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (ID-CT), a Joseph S. Nye National Security Intern with the external relations team at the Center for a New American Security, and a special assistant with the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy’s Subcommittee on Women at the State Department. Ms. Polak has a deep interest in the Middle East as a whole with a focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the future of the U.S. role and our critical relationships in the region, and the myriad social, religious and cultural complexities entangled in these issues. Ms. Polak is fluent in Hebrew and proficient in Arabic, and has spent time living and traveling in the Middle East.

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Stephen Rodriguez, Coldon Strategic Advisors

Stephen Rodriguez is the Founder and President of Coldon Strategic Advisors which was established as a strategic advisory firm focused on the needs of small-cap corporations in the aerospace & defense industry.  He also sits on the Board of three companies in the defense, energy, and technology sectors.  Having grown up in Germany, Stephen earned a B.B.A from Texas A&M University with a concentration in marketing and an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University.  He began his career shortly before 9/11 as a management consultant in Booz Allen Hamilton's defense and national security business.  Stephen subsequently held senior leadership roles at a small defense analysis firm and an international security & logistics corporation before moving to New York.  During this past election cycle, he was on Mitt Romney's National Security Directorate as well as a foreign policy advisor to several Congressional and Senate campaigns.  His experience is specific to game theory and conflict resolution in the South Caucasus, Afghanistan, and Colombia.

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Robert Samuel, Fox News Channel

Robert Samuel currently works as an Associate Producer for The O’Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel.  Prior to joining The Factor staff, Robert worked on both the domestic and international assignment desks at Fox and spent a year as the legal beat writer for News Corp.’s global wire service. Robert’s interests include America’s view of its role in the world since World War II and the relationship between U.S. public opinion and foreign policy. Robert earned an A.B. from Duke University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law, where he was the Executive Forum Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review. He is a member of the New York State Bar. A native of Chesapeake, VA, Robert lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with his wife Mary Jordan.

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Alexandra Schwartz, Latham & Watkins LLP

Alexandra Schwartz is currently is an associate in the New York office of Latham & Watkins LLP.  As the founding President of the Young Lawyer’s Chapter and a member of the Executive Board of the Federalist Society in New York City, she has spearheaded events surrounding developments in International Law, including, for example, on the future of human rights litigation in U.S. courts.  During law school she was a research assistant for the NYU Center on Law and Security researching terrorism, and worked for a professor researching piracy, a subject in which she also separately published a policy paper.  The paper, “Corsairs in the Crosshairs: A Strategic Plan to Eliminate Modern Day Piracy,” was extensively discussed by the Huffington Post. She holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, a B.A. from Cornell University, and has studied at the London School of Economics. She was recently named to Forbes’ 2012 “30 Under 30” list of the “field’s brightest stars under the age of 30” in the category of Law & Policy.  In her free time she enjoys travel, politics, and chocolate.

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Matthew Siegel, Indaba Media LLC

Matthew Siegel is the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Indaba Media, LLC. Indaba operates IndabaMusic.com, the largest global marketplace for content creators and brands. Siegel built the company from its beginning as an online collaboration platform, raised strategic financing from Sony Corporation, and acquired over 750,000 members reaching over 10 million listeners. Indaba revolutionized social marketing by developing and executing groundbreaking campaigns for all 4 major record labels, over 200 major recording artists, and numerous marquee consumer brands. In 2010 Siegel was named a Billboard “30 Under 30″ Power Player for the music industry. He first got his start in entertainment starring in the Golden Globe-winning, Emmy-nominated CBS-TV series Brooklyn Bridge. Prior to Indaba, Siegel was a management consultant with Katzenbach Partners, LLC (now Booz & Co), focusing primarily on software and telecommunications clients. He has spoken publicly about media and technology at forums including Harvard Business School, Digital Music Forum East, Tuck School of Business, and CMJ. Siegel's foreign policy interests focus mainly on issues related to telecommunications and internet technology, cyber security and cyber warfare. Siegel graduated cum laude from Harvard in 2005 where he majored in Economics.

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Daniel Simon, Yale Law School/Yale School of Management

Daniel Simon is a JD/MBA student at the Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management, where he was an editor on the Yale Journal of International Law.  He interned during the summer of 2012 at the Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes office of the United States Department of the Treasury, which develops sanctions policy. Daniel's study has focused on U.S. national security, Middle Eastern affairs, and the intersection of these concerns with global financial markets.  Before coming to Yale, Daniel worked for four years as a consultant to Wall Street investment firms in quantitative finance and technology, specializing in alternative investments analysis and high-performance distributed computing. He attended Reed College, the University of Haifa, and Boston University, where he received a B.A. summa cum laude in international relations.

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Andrew Sugrue, Peter J. Solomon Company, L.P.

Andrew currently works for Peter J. Solomon Company, L.P. in New York City where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions, financings and restructurings. Andrew previously interned at Investcorp, the global private equity firm, in their Gulf Growth Capital unit based in Manama, Bahrain and Barclays Capital in their Global Mergers and Acquisitions group in New York City.

Andrew serves on the Advisory Council for the McCain Institute’s Next Generation Leaders Program. From August 2011 to November 2012, Andrew served as a member of Governor Romney's Foreign Policy advisory team on the Human Rights and Africa working groups. Andrew is Chairman of the East African Children’s Education Fund, Inc. (EACEF), a nonprofit organization he founded in 2007 that works with primary education in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.  

As a Robertson Scholar, Andrew received a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science from the Honors Program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master in Management Studies from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

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Miriam Warren, DCI Group

Miriam Warren counsels corporate and nonprofit clients and manages international campaigns with extensive knowledge and expertise in issue advocacy and strategic communication. As a Vice President at at DC-based public affairs firm, her experience has focused on the development and execution of full service public affairs campaigns involving international policy, coalition building, media relations, and federal legislative affairs. Her work primarily involves the fields of financial services, global governance, sustainability and information and communications technology. 

Prior to joining her firm in 2006, Ms. Warren worked on Capitol Hill serving as a legislative assistant for Congressman Gene Taylor (MS), where following Hurricane Katrina she managed on-sight crisis communication and recovery and operated the Gulf Coast satellite district office. On the ground, she assisted local communities in the utilization of federal disaster assistance programs and expedited delivery of emergency housing and critical-needs for constituents. Ms. Warren has also worked on two U.S. presidential campaigns. 

Through her work and leadership on public relations campaigns, Ms. Warren was awarded the Silver Anvil of Excellence from the Public Relations Society of American (PRSA) and both the BronzeQuill Award and Award of Excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). She also advised and consulted for the recipient of PR Week’s 2012 “Nonprofit Campaign of the Year” award. Additionally, Ms. Warren was chosen to be a member of the World Economic Forum's (WEF) "Global Shapers" and in such capacity participated in the WEF's 2013 Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. 

She graduated with honors from Loyola University in New Orleans, is a native of Gulfport, Mississippi. Previously based in Brussels, Belgium, where she helped establish DCI Group's European office, Miriam now resides in Washington, DC.

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Joel Winton, Paul Singer Family Office

Joel Winton is an assistant to Dan Senor and an Associate at the Paul E. Singer Family Office, where he works on an eclectic mix of strategic communications, philanthropic, and public policy, projects. In 2011/2012, Joel was a Tikvah Fellow at The Wall Street Journal, working under the paper’s deputy editorial page editor and foreign-affairs columnist Bret Stephens. Joel has previously worked, as an assistant to Kenneth Weinstein - President of the Hudson Institute - in Washington D.C.; in M&A advisory at N.M. Rothschild & Sons in London; and as a Summer Associate at Allen & Overy and White & Case, both in London. His professional and foreign policy interests include, the Iranian nuclear program and the geo-politics of the Middle East more broadly; Islamism in Europe; and American and British electoral politics. A British national, Joel grew up in London, and attended the University of Cambridge where he co-founded The Wilberforce Society - Britain’s first student-run think tank. He graduated in 2011 with a First class-honours BA in History, having written his thesis on the evolution of British Labour Party policy towards the State of Israel.

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The Foreign Policy Initiative seeks to promote an active U.S. foreign policy committed to robust support for democratic allies, human rights, a strong American military equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and strengthening America’s global economic competitiveness.
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